May 17, 2007

Florida NRT scores

Today, the Florida Department of Education released the scores from this spring's norm-referenced testing in reading and math. The basic story: nothing clear. Some scores went up slightly in terms of percentile rank, some went down, and a number stayed about the same. The spin from the department is that the state's percentile rank is higher than the norming population. That's probably true of all states using the SAT-10: the Lake Wobegone Effect, to use Cannell's term.

Obvious caveat: I've never seen any educational purpose to norm-referenced testing. The only purpose of norm-referenced testing that I've heard argued forcefully and well is the cynical one, to market your district or state as "above-average."  

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on May 17, 2007 12:13 PM |